What if Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres solely confronted the Orioles?
One of many greatest and funniest tales of the 2019 Yankees season was Gleyber Torres’ performances in opposition to the Orioles. In 18 video games and 75 plate appearances in opposition to Baltimore, Torres hit .394/.467/1.045 with 13 dwelling runs. He crushed practically any pitcher the Orioles trotted out in opposition to him, a lot to the dismay of their broadcaster Gary Thorne.
Persevering with at that tempo over 162 video games, Torres would’ve hit over 100 dwelling runs. Even in addition to he hit in opposition to them, and as poor because the 2019 Orioles’ pitching was, that’s in all probability not possible. Sure, he’s extraordinarily gifted, however his numbers would have evened out considerably. However…simply how sturdy of a season might Torres have had if he solely needed to play the Orioles?
Again over the COVID-19 delay forward of the MLB season, I ran some experiments on baseball simulator Out of the Park Baseball 21, and now it’s time for one more one. I specifically created a league that contained simply two groups: the 2019 Yankees and the 2019 Orioles. I turned off trades in order that Baltimore couldn’t handle to raised their pitching employees in any manner. Aside from that, I stored the 162 recreation season and the rosters as they have been.
So simply how good might Torres be in opposition to a complete season of Orioles? The reply may be very.
In a single season of what I’ve dubbed the “Gleyber Baseball League,” Torres appeared in 138 video games, making 723 plate appearances. He led the league with 71 dwelling runs and in addition in slugging share at .782. Torres recorded 214 RBI and put up a triple slash line of .395/.480/.782.
He additionally helped the Yankees to a 142-20 file, successful the two-team division by 122 video games. The Yankees completed with a run differential of +1320, having scored 2080 in whole. Not shockingly, these would all be data.
One style of stats that didn’t have Torres as an different worldly participant are those that evaluate gamers to league common ones. He solely had a 158 OPS+, which whereas nonetheless actually good, it’s not what you’d count on after hitting 71 dwelling runs. He additionally was price 5.9 WAR, which is an analogous story to his OPS+.
The rationale for that’s whereas he will get to face Orioles’ pitching each single time, so does each different Yankee hitter. Whereas Torres put up the most effective numbers in opposition to Baltimore in 2019, a lot different Yankees additionally hit nicely in opposition to them. On a protracted sufficient timeline, the numbers would’ve evened out, and that’s what occurred on this simulation.
Aaron Judge hit .416/.561/.750; Mike Tauchman hit 52 dwelling runs; Austin Romine even put up a 122 OPS+. It’s exhausting to place up a massively above common OPS+ when practically half the hitters on this two-team league have an OPS of over 1.000. Torres was in all probability the Yankees’ second-best hitter, however he would have much more competitors if everybody acquired to face the 2019 Orioles tons of of occasions.
A bizarre factor then occurred when the playoffs began. In the most effective of seven World Series, the Orioles jumped out to a 3-0 lead, holding the Yankees to simply 11 runs mixed in these video games. After actually successful 88% of the video games within the season, have been the Yankees going to blow it in opposition to the 2019 Orioles within the playoffs?
The reply is not any. They received 4 in a row, combining for 45 runs, and rallying to win the sequence. Torres went 9-for-21 with a house run in these 4 video games.
Sadly, as a result of time journey doesn’t exist (that we all know of) and since you may’t solely play one workforce (until this entire pandemic factor retains going and MLB has to tighten the schedule much more), so we’ll by no means know what would really occur. Nonetheless, a 71 dwelling run season feels proper.